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  • Left Hand Thumb Independence for Bassists

    Left Hand Thumb Independence for Bassists

    Last time, we talked about left hand “pivoting” and its potential to make difficult passages more accessible. In order to execute a pivot with ease, however, we must have a supple thumb. In fact, for masterful left hand technique of any sort we must have a thumb that is light, flexible, and easily moveable. It... »

  • Chord Construction: A Guide for Bassists

    Chord Construction: A Guide for Bassists

    Q: I’ve been playing bass for about four years, and I’ve had difficulty with understanding chord construction on the bass. I know my scales and their modes inside and out, and I know a lot about the fretboard. My technique is good too, but I figured when I was starting out that I really didn’t... »

  • Pace Yourself: Thoughts on the Process of Practicing and Learning

    Pace Yourself: Thoughts on the Process of Practicing and Learning

    Whether you’re embarking on a long distance run, sitting down to a delicious plate of food, or facing a mountain of material to learn, keep one thing in mind: pace yourself. Establishing a good pace for learning material or practicing a new technique is extremely important, especially when you’re looking at a deadline. It’s easy... »

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  • Getting Noticed – Part 3: Working Your Local Music Scene

    Getting Noticed – Part 3: Working Your Local Music Scene

    Editor’s note: Damian wraps up his series on Getting Noticed Out There with some advice on connecting with your local music scene. Check out Part 1: Your Demo and Part 2: Social Media. Q: I’ve reached the point where I know I need to meet new people to get my career up to the next... »

  • Left Hand Technique: Pivoting

    Left Hand Technique: Pivoting

    Although I advocate a traditional left hand foundation (i.e. 1-2-4 fingering system), any bassist who plays long enough will come across passages that don’t lie well using this fingering system. “Pivoting” can be an attractive solution for such passages. Often, especially when playing two consecutive notes on the same string more than a step apart... »

  • Getting Noticed – Part 2: Social Media

    Getting Noticed – Part 2: Social Media

    Editor’s note: Damian continues his series on Getting Noticed Out There this week, focusing on social media. Check out Part 1: Your Demo. Q: I’ve reached the point where I know I need to meet new people to get my career up to the next level, but I don’t know where to start. What do... »

  • Organizational Skills for Bassists: A Checklist for Getting There

    Organizational Skills for Bassists: A Checklist for Getting There

    I’ve just spent the past hour tearing apart my room, searching through notebooks and drawers, on top of shelves and beneath the bed, and I still can’t find what I’m looking for. Frantically, I called a friend to create a distraction (secretly hoping that what I’m looking for will magically appear right in front of... »

  • Custom Shop: Revsound

    Custom Shop: Revsound

    Started in 1983, Revsound is a company that offers handmade bass cabinets. Proprietor David C. Luke’s deep interest in sound and sound production has driven his work to create powerful cabinets with an emphasis on staying lightweight. Luke builds all of the cabs to order in his Effingham, New Hampshire workshop. The RS series includes... »

  • Getting Noticed – Part 1: Your Demo

    Getting Noticed – Part 1: Your Demo

    Q: I’ve reached the point where I know I need to meet new people to get my career up to the next level, but I don’t know where to start. What do you think makes effective networking in the context of being a musician as opposed to an artist who has written songs? How do... »

  • Starting Your Day with Open Strings: A Warmup Routine for Bassists

    Starting Your Day with Open Strings: A Warmup Routine for Bassists

    Many people simply pick up their instrument and start playing without any warm-up. While there is value to this approach, I generally advise a gradual warm-up for students. Although slow scales can often serve as a warmup, even a slow scale can be quite complex technically. After all, it involves tone production, shifting, light left... »